Category Archives: Science

Are we “good” creatures?

8232Is the capacity for ethics—the proclivity to judge human actions as either right or wrong—determined by the biological nature of human beings? And, are the systems or codes of ethical norms accepted by human beings biologically determined?

In this fascinating and thought-provoking presentation, Templeton prize recipient and eminent evolutionary biologist and philosopher Francisco J. Ayala proposes that the moral evaluation of actions emerges from human rationality and thus it is a necessary implication of our biological make-up. But the norms according to which we decide which actions are good and which actions are evil are largely culturally determined, although conditioned by biological predispositions, such as parental care.

Watch CARTA: Francisco Ayala: Evolution of Ethical Behavior and Moral Values: Biology? Culture?.

If you enjoyed this program, browse more evolution programs in the extensive CARTA archives.

facebooktwittergoogle_plus

Women in Biotech

8232Tina Nova is the kind of person that makes you want to get up and shout, “Hey World, look out!”

As she recalls her journey from a small town in California’s Central Valley to launching multi-million dollar companies in San Diego, she inspires some 300 high school girls gathered at the Salk Institute for a pep talk on pursuing careers in biotech.

And it’s not just her!

Janelle Ayres of Salk and three other smart and successful women follow with stories of their own paths to satisfying lives based on their love for science.

Check out Women in Biotech, presented by the STEAM Leadership Series on The STEAM Channel.

facebooktwittergoogle_plus

True GRIT: Research Worth Sharing from UC Santa Barbara

8232Meet some of the best minds from UC Santa Barbara as they share their ground-breaking research and innovations in technology in a new series of GRIT Talks (GRIT: Groundbreaking Research/Innovative Technology).


Look through walls with WiFi vision.

Learn about new treatments for macular degeneration.

See why even your shampoo is fascinating.

Find out about ocean change biology in California and Antarctica.

Discover what bio-sensors do and how they can be controlled inside a patient.

Use the creative process to control voluminous amounts of data.

Understand the search for a unified theory of physics.

Join this exploration into engineering, biology, chemistry, physics and technology and prepare to be fascinated. Watch GRIT Talks today.

facebooktwittergoogle_plus

Get Creative with the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab

8232Ever dream of creating an army of robots to do your bidding? Do you find yourself tinkering with everyday objects? Just want to have a little fun and learn a new skill? Welcome to the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab!

Join engineer Saura Naderi as she shares the basics of coding, engineering, and creativity through simple projects you can do at home. Each video provides a list of easy to gather gear and a straightforward lesson on how to complete the project. Make an LED blink, get a servo to spin and learn a bit about the process of engineering.

How to Make an LED Light Up and Blink Using Arduino
Programming Servos

Watch these programs and more on The STEAM Channel!

facebooktwittergoogle_plus

Are you ready for the next Big Earthquake?

8232If you live in California, you’re no stranger to earthquakes, and you may worry when the next “Big One” will strike. Are you prepared? When is it likely to occur? How close will it hit? New programs from the University of California will help you find the answers.

With a population of over 18 million people, an earthquake along the San Andreas fault outside of Los Angeles could be devastating. To imagine America without Los Angeles, watch Lucy Jones’ talk as she discusses how a severe earthquake there could affect the rest of the country. While many recent advances in building codes and construction techniques have reduced some of the danger, other features of this densely populated city such as transportation, power facilities, and communication systems have led to increased vulnerability in California and beyond. If they go down, what does that mean for the rest of the country? Watch to learn more.

California isn’t the only state at risk, however. Most people think that in the United States, the area around the San Andreas Fault poses the highest risk for a large earthquake. But the risk for a “great earthquake” and tsunami is highest in the Pacific Northwest. Join seismologist Diego Melgar in The Really Big One to learn about the risks, the geologic forces behind the potential for a truly massive U.S. earthquake, and efforts underway to build warning systems for the western U.S.

For more videos on preparing for the next Big One, visit Earthquakes and Seismology on UCTV.

facebooktwittergoogle_plus